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Parker review: A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine sin...Read more...
Another French wine which was introduced to me by my brother in law, who got me hooked on Lynch Bages. He grew up in Bordeaux, so he should know. I... Read more
This wine requires several hours of decanting but it is so worth the wait. I thought the first sip after 2 hours was solid. 2 hours later it was ab... Read more
One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Until 3ndash;4 months ago, the wine could have been purc... Read more
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Another French wine which was introduced to me by my brother in law, who got me hooked on Lynch Bages. He grew up in Bordeaux, so he should know. I tried this with him in Asia at a wine tasting and it was my favorite of the night. And, because of its price, is a bottle I might actually buy myself on a regular basis.
This wine requires several hours of decanting but it is so worth the wait. I thought the first sip after 2 hours was solid. 2 hours later it was absolutely phenomenal. Wonderfully smooth with a long, beautiful finish. There are hints of fruit and smokey vanilla both in the smell and taste. A truly impressive wine.
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One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Until 3ndash;4 months ago, the wine could have been purchased for under $400 a case, but that seems to have changed as the results of numerous tastings have pushed the price upward. I originally gave a one point preference to the 1989, and I am still convinced that ultimately that wine will last longer and hit a higher peak of pleasure than the 1990, but, wow, the 1990 is showing great. Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron exhibits more of the roasted overripeness of this vintage, but it manages to keep everything in perspective. The wine is opulent and flamboyant, with lower acidity, and noticeably less tannin than the 1989. It is equally concentrated, with a more evolved nose of cedar, black fruits, earth, minerals, and spices. On the palate, the wine offers sensational quantities of jammy fruit, glycerin, wood, and sweet tannin. It is far more fun to taste and drink (more hedonistic perhaps?) than the more structured, backward, yet exceptional 1989. Ideally, readers should have both vintages in their cellars. The 1990 can be drunk now as well as over the next 25+ years.
A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black currant liqueur, licorice, and incense notes. Sweet, expansive, fleshy, and medium to full-bodied, with good structure, ripe tannin, and a long, 30ndash;35 second finish, it can be drunk now, but will be even better in 2ndash;3 years; it will last for 12ndash;15 years. I had this wine three separate times out of bottle, and it is performing significantly better than it did from cask.
The neighborhood around Latour provided some of the best Pauillac in 2001, Pichon-Baron yielding a beautiful richness of fruit. Beyond that itrsquo;s all black spice, though you can feel the musculature, the structure that will keep it toned for years. Pure Pauillac black currant cabernet is there at its core, and will probably be showing its best around two decades from the vintage.
This is a brilliantly run property year in and year out, and especially since the mid- to late 1980s has produced one of the top four or five wines made in Pauillac in virtually every vintage. With 13.4% alcohol, the 2003 is one of the most powerful efforts this chateau has ever made. Its dense purple color is accompanied by sweet, jammy creme de cassis notes intermixed with roasted herbs, smoked meats, and chocolate. Although ripe, dense, full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it is silky (because of its low acidity and high glycerin) as well as accessible. It should firm up in the bottle, and be at its peak between 2008ndash;2025.
A sexy, opulent and hedonistic Pichon-Baron, the 1999rsquo;s dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a low acid wine with a silky texture and good fleshiness. It offers jammy black fruits intermixed with licorice, incense, leather, and pain grille. Opulent and fat, it will be drinkable upon release, and last for 16ndash;18 years.
A stylish, elegant, more restrained style of Pichon Baron, with less obvious new oak than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers a pure black currant-scented nose with subtle aromas of coffee and smoky toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine displays less weight and muscle than the 1996, but it offers suave, elegant, rich fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, surprisingly lush style. Anticipated maturity: 2001ndash;2016.
An opaque purple color and sweet, toasty, chocolatey, blackcurrant aromas are followed by a wine with outstanding richness, an impressive, fleshy, medium to full-bodied personality, and fine length. The 1995 is not as flamboyant as the remarkable 1990, or as concentrated as the massive 1989, but this is a beautifully made, outstanding wine that recalls the 1988 in its weight and texture. Anticipated maturity: 2002ndash;2020.
Parker review: A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite<br/>vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple color offers up<br/>notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, creme de cassis,<br/>melted licorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied,<br/>tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on<br/>for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and<br/>fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! <br/>(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 03)
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